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Dr Megan Roberts
Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Megan Roberts

Dr Megan Roberts

Dr Roberts works as an employed consultant psychiatrist at Southampton treating inpatients on the adult ward since 2016 where she is the lead clinician. She has been working as a visiting consultant to Priory since 2012; providing regular clinics alongside a 32-year NHS career, from which she retired in April 2018.

Training

Dr Roberts undertook her medical training at St Georges Hospital Medical School, London 1981-1986 obtaining her Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). After working in medical jobs including obstetrics and gynaecology she started her psychiatry training at St Marys Hospital Training Scheme, Paddington, London.

She became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 1991. She completed her specialist higher training in psychiatry at St Georges London and was appointed to her first consultant job in Richmond and Twickenham, London in 1996. After working as a consultant in adult mental health for 10 years in London she moved with her family to live in Hampshire. She worked as a  NHS community, inpatient and crisis team consultant in East Hampshire from 2005-2018, during this time she became training programme director for Wessex Deanery, ECT trust lead and resuscitation lead for the trust. In 2012 she started providing private clinics at Priory Hospital Southampton and was seconded by the NHS to Priory in 2016 to undertake inpatient work and has worked there since. She has received training in expressed emotion in families and the Ohayon relational depression rating scale. She has recently undertaken training in VNS and autism diagnosis /ADOS-2.

Specialist Areas and Interests

Dr Roberts is particularly interested in treating individuals with depression/ anxiety disorders- she has a particular interest in women’s mental health.

She is a great advocate for involving the family in treating any individual when this suits the individual and will always respect the wishes of the individual she treats.

She has become interested in the role of autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) in functioning on a day-to-day basis, both in younger and older adults using the ADOS-2 for reliable diagnosis. She is highly experienced in diagnosing personality disorders, drug related conditions and addictions, eating disorders psychosis , body dysmorphic disorder phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Clinical Articles and Research Papers

Dr Roberts has published the following during her training:

  • A prospective evaluation of the hepato toxicity of Lofepramine in the elderly. C Kelly, S Roche, N Naquib, M Roberts and B Pitt, International Clinical Psychopharmacology; 1993; 8
  • Reversible and selective MAOIs in psychiatric and non-psychiatric disorder. Professor R G Priest, M Roberts, Paper presented at WPA meeting, Rio de Janeiro, June 1993
  • Treatment of Resistant Depression. Professor R G Priest, M Roberts, J Steinert, Paper presented at Association of European Psychiatrists, Copenhagen, 1994
  • An investigation into the number of patients referred to the HIV/AIDS liaison psychiatric service at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. In conjunction with Dr R Seth and Dr S Lynch
  • Oral publication at autumn quarterly meeting of Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1990
  • Defeating Depression – Changing Public Attitudes. Professor R G Priest, Dr C Vize, A Roberts, M Roberts – July 1994

I am a very experienced, highly qualified psychiatrist who has been practising psychiatry consistently since 1989 and has worked as a consultant since 1996. My approach is always to put the patient at the centre of any treatment plan and working closely with individuals’ carers where appropriate. I treat adults, older children/adolescents and have an endorsement in treating older adults.

I practise an evidence-based approach to treatment but will always listen to the request of the individual and advise on the latest treatment appropriate for any diagnosed condition. I provide outpatient clinics at Priory Hospital Southampton (Marchwood) and Priory Wellbeing Centre Southampton as well as Hampshire Health Emsworth. I admit patients to Priory Hospital Southampton or The Manor Clinic where indicated. I will direct an individual to psychological therapy where indicated and have a network of psychology colleagues to refer to.

I treat a wide spectrum of mental disorders and stress related illnesses. I am also ADOS-2 trained for diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders. I am particularly interested in women’s mental health and the link between hormonal variation and mood disorders and psychosis.

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